Easy Caprese Salads
The amounts given are not written in stone, they are a guideline, you have control over how you want to make them... and how much you want to make!
My grandchildren love helping make the cherry tomato ones, so easy for them and fun!
You can go casual for a potluck, or fancy for a wedding reception! Or go fancy for a meal at home...xo
Play With Your Food! xo
- 3 qt
- cherry, grape or pear tomatoes
- 6 - 18 medium
- tomatoes, firm vine ripened
- 1 -3 lb
- mozzarella cheese
- 1 - 2 large
- fresh mozzarella
- 3 - 6 pkg
- fresh mozzarella balls (small size)
- 1 - 3 bunch
- fresh basil
- 1 - 3 pt
- balsamic vinegar reduction, home made or store bought
- 1 -3 pt
- italian dressing, home made or store bought
- 50 - 100 large
- 1 - 2 box
- toothpicks or party toothpicks
- plastic spoons, clear
TOMATOES YOU CAN USE
CHEESES YOU CAN USE
DRESSINGS YOU CAN USE
SKEWERS YOU CAN USE
Slice each tomato 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Place on a platter or serving dish. Cut up as many tomatoes as you want put in one layer or make two or three layers deep. Just make sure you put a dressing drizzled over each layer.
Pull off whole leaves from the stems, the prettiest leaves are what you want to use for the cherry tomato skewers, toothpicks or clear plastic forks.
For the sliced vine ripened tomato recipe, you can leave the leaves whole, cut them in half, slice into strips or mince according to your liking.
*** Keep in mind that the more you break up or cut the basil... the more possible damage you do to the leaves, which can make them "get old looking" fast!
Use them whole, cut in half, sliced or broken up into pieces according to which salad you are making and the "look" you are going for.
Using a toothpick:
Put half of a cherry tomato on the toothpick,
add a piece of fresh mozzarella (cut in squares or use small round balls of cheese).
add a basil leaf.
add the other half of the cherry tomato.
Repeat until you have the amount you need.
Put sliced tomatoes on platter,
Drizzle with desired dressing. In the photo, it was Italian dressing.